PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. — Just one day after Channel 2 Action News reported on a woman accused of posing as a dentist for at least seven years, investigators said they have gotten more than a dozen new complaints.
Krista Szewczyk, who was operating out of her business, County Dental Providers, faces 48 counts in a recent indictment. Charges include practicing dentistry without a license, unlawful prescription, forgery and insurance fraud.
Paulding County Senior Assistant District Attorney Matthew Rollins said Szewczyk, 47, was taking advantage of people and performing procedures without having any training or a license under her belt.
Channel 2's Christian Jennings spoke with a man who said the work Szewczyk did on him sent him to the hospital.
David Marsh saw Szewczyk when her office was in Paulding County. He said she pulled a couple teeth for him.
"I definitely want to see her do time for what she has done," Marsh said.
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Marsh said he was a patient of hers when her office was in Dallas. It has since moved to Marietta.
"I went in. I needed two extractions and then I needed a deep clean," Marsh said.
Prosecutors said Szewczyk is not a real dentist, but Marsh told Channel 2 Action News she played the part and performed the procedures he needed. He thought everything was fine until a few days passed and the pain and swelling kicked in.
"My neck was like the size of a tennis ball. It was closing in on my throat. My wife took me to the ER and they said I had to be rushed to Grady to have emergency surgery. That’s where they cut the abscess, put a tube in through my mouth, through my neck for everything to drain out," Marsh said.
"I was scared because he could barely move, could barely talk. It’s really scary to even talk about it, remember it," Barbie Marsh, David's wife, said.
Jennings called Szewczyk and visited her home Friday evening. No one came to the door.
"Sad to say I did not check the credentials, but you're in pain, need a tooth pulled, it's a reputable company," Marsh said. "I'm amazed that she was even able to pull this off as long as she has."